Queen Victoria Building Sydney

The Queen Victoria Building is possibly the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.

Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night
Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night cc licensed photo by David Lee

The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.

When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.

The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.

The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.

There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions: Sydney Tower, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Town Hall, Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9265 6800

Official Website: Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square12 minutes
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall1 minute
T2 or T3St. James3 minutes

How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train

By Light Rail: Exit at Capitol Square and go right (north) on George Street.

By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Queen Victoria Building Star Rating

5 Star Rating You have to visit this place! It is absolutely gorgeous. The heritage this building has to offer is stunning. Heaps of high end shops upstairs and good (more useful) shops at the bottom floor. A variety of cafes on the floors too.

George Cryer - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating A unique experience. Victorian architecture. Nice cafes but generally expensive shops. Worth a visit for sake of uniqueness

varun sharma - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Picturesque and spectacular. Beautiful building, old fashioned but amazing shops. The designs on walls and the building architecture is notable. I visited the place during Christmas and there were families with kids celebrating. Cheerful environment.

Shubham Shete - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating The Queen Victoria building is an amazing place to visit in Sydney if you are visiting the city or coming from overseas. There are amazing shops to see a lot of nice cafes and restaurants to eat at with different variety’s to choose from. Even at Christmas time the place is buzzing and the service is always very good even though there is a lot of people. For sure a place I would recommend to anyone come to Sydney.

Susan Camenzuli - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Cafes. High teas, bags, watches, designers clothes and rare pink argyle diamonds. Plenty of antiques and gifts ideas. Bathrooms at each ends of the building, as well as lifts. So many cafes to choose each offering food and drinks. Perfect for meeting place, resting or sit around chatting with friends. The middle section has huge piano that anyone can play and the sounds echoes beautifully. During festive seasons huge display in the middle empty ground to roof, like Christmas tree or floral display.

Cheap Eats Holidays Banyen Guo - 2 months ago

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